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Nude study - woman, back view

(circa 1930s)


Adelaide Perry


23 Jun 1891 – 19 Nov 1973

  • Details

    (circa 1930s)
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil on paper
    51.6 x 37.9 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1975
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Adelaide Perry Estate

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    Artist information
    Adelaide Perry

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Adelaide Perry studied in Melbourne at the National Gallery School, where she won the Travelling Scholarship in 1920, allowing her to further her studies in London at the Royal Academy, and in Paris. She settled permanently in Sydney in 1925, where she became an influential teacher at her own art schools, the Julian Ashton School and later in life, at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon.

    Perry made many life drawings; this enigmatic, linear nude is typical of her exceptional draughtsmanship. She emphasised the importance of working from life, impressing upon her students that "… the only real painting is from the subject – anything else could be false" [Adelaide Perry to Hazel de Berg, 1965, oral history transcript, National Library of Australia]

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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